Dover Citadel, Dover

Dover Citadel, Dover

Dover Citadel is part of the impressive Western Heights fortifications. Its origins began during growing threats of the French invasion in the late 18th century. At this time, an improved defense system on the hill was planned. A citadel was to be constructed on the western side and a redoubt on the eastern side, with defensive lines connecting them.

Eventually, two forts were built on Western Heights, the other being the Drop Redoubt. By 1859, after a perceived threat by Napoleon III, enhancements were made to the Citadel to improve the fortification. Strengthening with brick walls was done to the wide defensive ditches. These walls contained positions for guns. New additions to the fortification included a drawbridge, officer's quarters, a guard room, and a gatehouse.

After 1890, the Citadel was mainly used as a military barracks. Since the 1950s, it has served as a prison, an institute for youth offenders, and an immigration removal center.

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Dover Citadel on Map

Sight Name: Dover Citadel
Sight Location: Dover, England (See walking tours in Dover)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Dover, England

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dover is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Western Heights Walking Tour

Western Heights Walking Tour

The Western Heights of Dover is an impressive fortification built for protection against invaders. Construction took place at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, with improvements continuing during the 19th century. This immense hilltop fortress features an incredible network of forts, barracks, tunnels, ramparts, and massive ditches.

There are two forts at Western Heights, the Drop Redoubt and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Dover Introduction Walking Tour

Dover Introduction Walking Tour

The lovely coastal town of Dover in Kent, England, overlooking the English Channel from the height of the striking white chalk cliffs, has long been a major sea gate to the country. It is to this iconic landmark, known as the "White Cliffs of Dover", that the isle of Great Britain owes its nickname, the Albion.

According to archaeological findings, this location at the narrowest...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles